World Cancer Day
4 February 2018 is World Cancer Day, a day to unite in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
The theme this year is ‘We can. I can.’, it will explore how everyone can do their part to reduce cancer globally.
More people live longer with cancer and more of us experience cancer, most people will know someone with cancer. Currently 8.8 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).
World Cancer Day comes as it is announced that figures show the number of men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK. An ageing population means that more men are developing and dying from the disease.
The latest figures from 2015 show that there were 11,819 deaths from prostate cancer compared with 11,442 from breast cancer. The biggest cancer killers in the UK remain lung and bowel cancer, with prostate now in third place.
Cancers can be missed and any delays or failures on the part of medical professionals to diagnose cancer can result in the progression of the disease to a more advanced stage. The consequences of this progression can be devastating.
Our Solicitors in the Medical Negligence Team at Wolferstans have represented a wealth of clients who have found themselves in the unfortunate position of suffering complications or adverse outcomes directly as a result of negligent treatment.
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